11. End Here

If the time was avalible, you the reader have now gone through nine science portfolio items.

What did you think? Do you have new thoughts about what science communication means?

Personally, my thoughts towards science and communication have fundamentally changed and grown for the better.

I no longer think of myself as a bookish scientist. I see myself more as a straight-forward truth-seeker and advocate for a healthy society.

While there is value in the structure of science in terms of a abstract, introduction, methodology, results, and conclusion, science is now about so much more. It is about communicating hard concepts to the people who matter. It is about shifting the focus from my ivory-tower ego and placing emphasis on the interesting facts, pragmatic tools, and core of the research.

I hope to use these insights either as a researcher or as a medical professional!

On a final (final) note, I do not live on a island. While I have changed my ideas about science, the field has a ways to go. I fear that individuals invested in traditional ivory-tower “think” will keep the field stuck. While they are busy promoting their own intellectual egos, they will continue to alienate many individuals from science – unintentionally promoting climate change denial, anti-vaccine perspectives, and other harmful ideas. I dream of the days when it takes mere minutes to read a entire scientific paper (without losing any of the important information). Part of me does fear for the field of science.

While the standards of science may not change for a while due to the nature of power, I plan to continue working on my scientific communication, and sharing science with local and broader communities.

Thank you for taking the time to explore this electronic portfolio ~